This is a photo of the service station I stopped at to ‘refresh’ halfway through a 4 hour drive though the Atlas Mountains last week. Before you ask, they didn’t sell coffee. I was on my way to work on the set of a film being shot out there, in the same place as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, The Mummy and pretty well any film involving sand in the last few decades. The music we have written features middle eastern instruments from about 50BC onwards because this is a film about Jesus’ life or rather, despite being called “Killing Jesus “. Rest assured I won’t ruin it for you by telling you what happens!
Turning up at 6pm on my first night shoot, the set looked amazing and much as I struggled to get through the shoots (I don’t know how the crew do it night after night), I won’t forget sunset and sunrise in the desert for a while. Equally memorable was seeing Frasier as Herod, fantastic casting! More »
James and I were up in Scunthorpe with the RPO last weekend giving them the full Last Night of the Proms treatment. What a crowd! The Baths Hall can’t seat more than a thousand but it sounded like there were 10 times that. 3 encores and then James was booed for finally leaving the stage!
Next week the same team is in Lowestoft. We will be entertaining local school children in the afternoon before giving another Prom concert in the evening. Will I be able to sing Rule Britannia or will I have to rewrite the lyric?? More »
Is the picture too large? You couldn’t see the orchestra and teeny tiny James conducting if I posted it any smaller. Symfunny was a huge success. It was a fantastic night, everyone, both performers and audience were incredibly warm and generous and Parkinson’s UK announced that 125k was raised for research into new treatments and that golden ticket, a cure. More »
No, I’m not baking an Alfie cake, we are just putting the finishing touches to the mixes for Alfie’s new album. We recorded the strings for the album and mixed it in wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen, the same place we did his first 2 records so here’s hoping this one will sell as well as they did. Officially you will have to wait until September to hear the finished product BUT there is a sneak preview to be had for those who can’t wait. Alfie is very kindly flying over specially from Utah to sing at Symfunny in the RAH on June 4th and has promised to include a few of the new tracks in his set. More »
Have you booked your tickets yet for Symfunny, an evening of music and laughter on June 4th at the iconic Royal Albert Hall? More »
So the kids have been passed from pillar to post this week so that James and myself could spent the last few days in a place where the sun doesn’t shine. No, nothing like that… More »
So the whirlwind of interviews continues in order to promote Symfunny on June 4th at the RAH. Tonight James will be talking about the concert on BBC Radio 5 live with Stephen Nolan. More »
I haven’t blogged for a while but we have had a lot happening in our lives, as always. James has been diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Obviously this has been pretty devastating news for a guy with a young family. But, James has decided to try to do something positive with this news which is why we have announced in the press today that we are going to hold Symfunny, an evening of music and laughter at the Royal Albert Hall on June 4th in association with Parkinson’s UK. We have asked lots of friends and colleagues we have worked with and met over the years to join us for the night. The response has been truly overwhelming. We already have Alfie Boe, Rebecca Ferguson, Armstrong and Miller, Julian Lloyd Webber, Jason Manford, a full Symphony Orchestra, members of the Brighton Festival Chorus and the London Symphony Chorus on the bill.
It is going to be a fantastic night of entertainment so please book a ticket, support us and help raise awareness and money for Parkinson’s Disease. More »